A Place Called Home provides a safe, nurturing environment with proven programs in arts, education and wellness for the young people in South Central Los Angeles to help them improve their economic conditions and develop healthy, fulfilling and purposeful lives.
A Place Called Home is a dynamic, non-profit youth and community center located in South Central Los Angeles. APCH provides educational programs, counseling, mentoring, music, dance, art, nutrition & agriculture, recreation and athletics. We have a robust college preparation and scholarship program that has sent more than 430 young people from South Central to college. In 2017 we started our Professional Readiness & Employment Program to support young people in preparing for and securing meaningful, good paying jobs.
A Place Called Home is expanding at a steady pace and there are exciting plans and opportunities ahead. The position of Director of Counseling (DOC) will provide strong leadership for APCH’s mental health services and respective staff, driving and overseeing the department’s arc, daily work and advancement according to plan.
Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the DOC will collaborate with Program, Operations and Development Directors to meet organizational goals and mandates, and will plan and lead key initiatives in Counseling Services to support future growth plans and respond to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s services.
The DOC directs and administrates counseling services, including IEP intake, wraparound services, Food for Families, counseling and therapeutic services for APCH members and families, provides oversight for all parent support services; and is responsible for selecting, training and supervising department staff, including overseeing APCH counselors performing individual, group and family counseling sessions. The DOC develops program evaluation materials and curriculum for their department and collaborates for agency wider iterations, participates on the Executive Management Team (EMT), and provides leadership in planning professional development and training for all staff and promoting team concepts such as coaching, counseling, mentoring and individual and professional growth and advancement.
Oversees and conducts specialized training for APCH staff regarding member engagement, manages department budget, collaborates with APCH Program Directors, Director of Operations, TYAS and Development; conducts research on best practices, maintains relationships with partner organizations, represents APCH at sector conferences.
The DOC oversees and manages their internal day-to-day department needs in conjunction with agency-wide systems, while partnering with others on the Executive Management Team and in our RISE High at APCH charter school partnership, to execute on strategic organizational plans and goals and intra-departmental initiatives, including staff and volunteer training and regular Team Case Conferences. This position is responsible for creating, implementing, and maintaining efficient and effective systems that meet applicable guidelines of regulating agencies. The position will interact with community partners to support two-way referrals; will work with staff to plan regular parent and community meetings, as well as timely responses to urgent constituent and community needs; will support and work with the Development Department to craft and steward funding applications, budgets and reports; and will host, attend and assign staff to attend relevant conferences, professional development trainings, and collegial convenings in service of constant improvement of APCH’s approach and work product.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Director of Counseling assumes the following responsibilities under the direction of the Executive Director and in collaboration when needed with other senior management staff (EMT) and RISE High administrators:
Technical and Performance Skills
A Place Called Home provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including but not limited to pregnancy), gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation, military and veteran status, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, citizenship national origin, age, physical and/or mental disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, A Place Called Home complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.
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